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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 27, 1906

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 27, 1906

+Jesus J.M.J.T.                    27th December 1906

Darling little sister,

It is with great joy that I come to wish you a happy New Year. Who knows, perhaps this year will see us reunited in the heavens? After all, what if we were to be martyrs?

Yet we don’t dare think about that; it would be too wonderful. In any case, exile is what awaits us and it’s better than nothing. Even if exile escapes us, we still “have the upper hand” because we have the honour of being persecuted in the name of Jesus. And it is Jesus Himself who has beatified us, since He said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”. Personally, I find that it’s a great grace to live in these times. I wanted to die young, but I’m certainly glad now to have lived to see this day.

Of course, I’m very upset to see Jesus so deeply offended and loved by so few, and His church persecuted, but it’s precisely because I feel very upset that I’m happy to be on earth at this painful time for Him, and I’m going to try to be very faithful in order to offer Him a little compensation.

After all, evildoers can do us no harm whatsoever, seeing as they can’t tear our love for God from our hearts, or take away our peace, or erase our names from the book of life. Rest assured, everything they do will be turned around for the glory of God. It’s already something if they increase our fervour. They’ll do fine work if they transform people into saints.

You told us that Thérèse has just brought about a conversion. I have another account for you, which was sent to us by a Jesuit Father.

In a first letter, the priest wrote to announce that Thérèse had just brought about two startling conversions, and here are the details that he gave us a few days ago:

“One of the two conversion graces I mentioned to you is truly amazing.

“An elderly lady, who had been in a state of mortal sin even before taking her first Communion, and who had led a life of licentiousness, scandal and sacrilege, felt so compelled to repent after having gazed upon your Holy Face for little more than 5 minutes that she burst into tears and set about writing down her general confession, filling 8 large sheets of writing paper. I can’t tell how happy she is now, and how grateful she is to Sr Thérèse of the Child Jesus.”

Our dear little Thérèse uses the sweet Face of her Beloved to touch people’s hearts and, as you can see, her ministry is blessed. I was very pleased to hear this account. It proves that the Holy Face is very real. Another friar wrote to us a while ago telling us how he had, quite dispassionately, shown an image of the Holy Face to someone gifted with special graces. The person looked at it lovingly, and said, “It really is Him. It’s His expression.” She said this as if to herself. The holy missionary who had shown her the picture went home delighted and developed a great fondness for his picture, understandably.

I send you my love, my darling sister and little companion in misfortune. Please offer my best wishes to your Mothers.

Your little sister

Geneviève of St Teresa

u.c.n. 

If you could supply me with a photograph of a statue depicting a crowned Sacred Heart, for example the one from St Peter’s, you’d be doing me a kindness.

Our chapel, like yours, has been closed since 12th December.